Chargers, Panthers And Bengals Working On Huge Trade?
Are the Chargers, Panthers and Bengals working on a huge trade?
On Monday night, Heisman winner Joe Burrow firmly established himself as the best quarterback available in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Behind his quality play and remarkable poise, LSU secured its first National Championship since 2007. Now, multiple franchises are wondering if he can bring a title back home for them, too.
On Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter appeared on Get Up and spoke about the Cincinnati Bengals’ decision-making process heading into the draft.
Presently, the Bengals hold the top pick. If they hold on to it, they will almost certainly select Burrow.
However, there are other interested parties that desperately need a quarterback of Burrow’s skill level.
According to Schefter, there is a chance that Los Angeles and Carolina will attempt to move up to the top spot and secure Burrow for themselves.
The rationale for both teams is fairly evident.
The Chargers have reached the end of the road with Philip Rivers and need a new passer to build the franchise around. Rumors exist about Tom Brady coming to town, but even if that were to happen, it would be a short-term solution.
Carolina, meanwhile, just hired former LSU guru Joe Brady as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Brady is heavily credited for Burrow’s transformation from a college football journeyman to generational talent. Pairing them up again would make a lot of sense for a Panthers team with no clear right option at quarterback.
If the Bengals happen to prize Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert to the same degree they like Burrow, they could come out with one of those guys and a huge haul in a potential swap.
Over the past 15 years, the top pick has only been traded away on one occasion. The LA Rams ultimately ended up using that pick on Jared Goff.
Will either the Chargers or Panthers be able move up to acquire Burrow? Time will tell.